New traffic light may be added to deadly intersection

Another injury crash Monday joins a growing list of collisions south of Logan on U.S. Highway 89/91. Statistics compiled by the Logan City Police Department indicate there have been 13 property damage collisions and four personal injury collisions since March at the intersection, 1100 South 100 West. A study by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has concluded the intersection does warrant a traffic signal. “UDOT has the lighting equipment,” said department spokesman Vic Saunders, “we have everything we need to install the light except there is currently a dispute over the right of way in the area. Logan City is trying to work that out with the owner of the property. If not, UDOT Right of Way will have to get involved and that will make the process much longer.” Saunders said UDOT planned to install the traffic signal in October but could not, without the right of way. In the meantime UDOT’s study of S.R. 52 (Tenth West) is moving toward a closure. “Following our study we now have a project to widen tenth west to five lanes, two traffic lanes in each direction with a center median,” said Saunders. “We are going through a very elaborate right of way process with 17 homeowners who came to us and said ‘we will give you our houses if you will build that street according to the specifications’.” He said UDOT hopes to be able to move forward next Fall, possibly earlier, with the start of construction of a much wider tenth west. “The length of that project is from U.S. 89/91on the south all the way to 2500 north and then going east from tenth west to Main Street,” said Saunders. “It’s a big project, we believe it will have a big impact on congestion on Main Street.”

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